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The Hand-Book for Travellers is published in Switzerland at
In Germany, France, Holland, and Belgium, at
For a very long time Switzerland was the only country in Europe which possessed a Guide-bouk, worthy of the name. The excellent work of Ebel, here alluded to, indeed deserves the highest praise; and it is upon the foundation of the materials collected by him that every succeeding work of the same kind, on that country, has been laid. It is, however, voluminous, extending to four volumes : its arrangement and bulk fit it more for the library than the pocket, or even the travelling-carriage ; and the abridged French transla. tion is unskilfully made, inconvenient to consult, and full of gross errors. In addition to this, the original work was written more than forty years ago, and was not corrected at the time of the author's death. In consequence of this, and owing to the great changes which have been made in every part of Switzerland since its publication, a portion of the information is necessarily antiquated. The improvements of roads, the opening of new passes over the Alps, the establishment of steam-boats, and the increased facilities of locomotion, have given rise to a thoroughly different system of travelling. Most valuable contributions to our stock of knowledge, respecting the natural history, resources, &c., of Switzerland, have been made since his time; the geology of the country has assumed a totally different aspect; and the ancient political forms are now scarcely recognised since the recent revolutions.
The Editor of the present work has great pleasure in acknowledging his obligations to Ebel, as well as to the later writers on the country, especially to the scientific researches of Agassiz, Hugi, and Studer, to the compilations of Glutz Blotzheim and Bollman, and to the recent publication entitled “Gemälde der Schweitz." Nor is he less indebted to his own countrymen, having found the greatest assistance from the accurate and interesting works of Brockedon* and Latrobet. For his own part, he has brought to the task the * The Passes of the Alps, 2 vols. 4to.; and Excursions among the Alps.
† The Alpenstock and The Pedestrian.
experience gained in four different visits to the country, in the course of which he left but a small portion of it unexplored. Notwithstanding this, he cannot speak of the Hand-book for Switzerland with less diffidence than he did of the volumes relating to Germany which have preceded it; and he must equally trust in the indulgence of his readers to excuse numerous inaccuracies which no doubt pervade it.
He has, however, no hesitation in speaking of the merits of the second section of this volume, relating to Savoy and Piedmont, which has been prepared by a friend and fellow-traveller, most intimately acquainted with those countries, which he has explored in almost every direction, and on many different occasions. The routes contained in it possess great interest, from the total want of any other information respecting the country they traverse, from the extreme accuracy with which they are described, and from their being derived, not from books, but from personal knowledge. They will probably be the means of throwing open to English travellers a region little visited hitherto, but possessing, from its romantic beauties, the highest claim to attention.
CONTENTS OF SECTION I.
LIST OF ROUTES.
The names of many places are necessarily repeated in several Routes; but, to facilitate
reference, they are printed in Italics only in those Routes under which they are fully described.
1 Bâle to Bienne and Bern, by
the Münslerthal (Val Mou-
1 2 Bâle to Schaffhausen
7 3 Bâle to Soleure, the Weis
senstein, and Bienne, by
8 4 Bàle to Lucerne, by the
Unter Hauenstein, Olten,
Aarburg and Sempach 12 5 Bâle to Aarau, by the Staffel
(the Baths of Schintznach)
15 7 Schaffhausen and the Rhinefall to Conslance
18 8 Schaffhausen to Zurich 23 9 Zurich to Constance, by
Winterthur and Frauenfeld 27 10 Zurich to St. Gall
28 13 Zurich to Berne, by Baden and Lenzburg
28 14 Zurich to Coire, by the lahes
of Zurich and Wallenstadt 15 Zurich to Lucerne, by Hore
gen, Zug, and the Rigi 33 16 Zurich to Lucerne, by the Albis
35 17 Lucerne to the Righi and
Brunnen, by Kussnacht,
40 18 The Lake of Lucerne-from Lucerne to Fluellen
51 19 Lucerne to Meyringen, by
the Val of Sarnen and Puss
PAGE 22 Lucerne to Berne and Thun, by the Entlibuch
62 23 Lucerne to Berne, by Summiswald
62 24 Soleure to Berne
63 27 THE BERNESE OBERLAND
Berne to Thun, Interlachen,
69 28 Pass of the Grimsel-Mey
ringen to Ober Gestelen and
83 29 Pass of the Gries-Ober
Gestelen to Domo d'Os-
and Falls of the Tosa 87 30 Pass of the Furca, from the
Hospice of the Grimsel to
88 31 Pass of the Surenen.-Stanz
to Altorf, by Engelberg and
89 32 Pass of the Susten.—Meyringen to Wasen
92 34 Pass of the St. Gothard,
from Fluellen, on the Lake
of Lucerne, to Bellinzona . 92 35 Pass of the Nüfanen, Obergestelen to Airolo
103 38 Pass of the Gemmi.-Thun
to the Baths of Leuk in the
103 39 Puss of the Rawyl.-Thun
to Sion over the Grimmi 108